Reporter: Why should fast food workers get paid more than paramedics?

A Detroit woman protesting for a $15 per hour minimum wage was asked to compare her work to the lifesaving duties of paramedics


DETROIT — A fast food worker, protesting for a minimum wage of $15 per hour, was asked by a reporter to explain why she deserves more pay than a paramedic. 

The video is going viral and being discussed on EMS social networks and blogs.

Roop Raj, a Fox 2 news reporter asked Lakecha Jackson, "Some people will say that paramedics don't even make $15 per hour and they save lives, so why should fast food workers get that."

"Because we do too much. We do more than we get paid," Jackson said.

In July a Texas paramedic, Jens Rushing, wrote his support for a living wage for employees in any job, challenging complaints stemming from the wages of New York fast food workers increasing to $15 per hour.

"They (CEOs) want us fighting over who has the bigger pile of crumbs so we don't realize they made off with almost the whole damn cake," Rushing wrote.

Shortly after Rushing's post Art Hsieh, EMS1 editorial advisor wrote an opinion article about fair pay for EMS providers, as well as other workers."Something’s gone terribly wrong when we fight over who should make less money than someone else," Hsieh wrote. 

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